Why Kenya Police & KCB may have to ‘borrow’ a coach for CAF Confederation Cup

Why Kenya Police & KCB may have to ‘borrow’ a coach for CAF Confederation Cup

Joel Omotto 15:12 - 06.06.2024

Kenya Police and KCB will be forced to look for a temporary coaching solution if either of them qualifies for Confederation Cup as their tacticians do not meet CAF’s regulations.

Kenya Police and KCB may be forced to look for a short-term solution in the dugout if either of them qualifies for the CAF Confederation Cup next season.

Police and KCB will clash in the FKF Cup final this month after which the winner will earn a ticket to represent Kenya in the Confederation Cup.

However, CAF Licensing Rules for inter-club competitions requires coaches handling teams in the Champions League and Confederation Cup to be holders of a CAF ‘A’ Coaching License, something both Police tactician Salim Babu and his KCB counterpart Bernard Mwalala still have not acquired.

The two are holders of the CAF ‘B’ License, the third highest qualification on the continent, which does not allow either of them to handle a team in the CAF inter-club competitions.

It means either side might have to look for a temporary solution for the CAF assignments by having a tactician with the required certification in the dugout to comply with the rules.

It is the same tactic applied by Gor Mahia in 2020 when former player Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo was drafted in from Posta Rangers to lead them to the Champions League after then coach Roberto Oliveira was deemed not to have the right qualifications.

CAF ‘A’ License is the second highest qualification for coaches in Africa with coaches with this certificate equipped to handle professional first teams, leading them through complex strategies and providing guidance at the highest levels of competition.

Meanwhile, CAF Pro License is the pinnacle of coaching qualifications and is reserved for the most experienced and accomplished coaches.

This level of certification prepares coaches to lead national teams at major international tournaments such as the Africa Cup of Nations or the FIFA World Cup.

“The Head Coach must: a. meet the Coaching Requirements as stipulated by CAF for the relevant CAF club competition the licence applicant is applying to participate in; b. be duly registered with the Member Association and undertaken by the appropriate body of the licence applicant,” reads Article 41 of the CAF Club Licensing Regulations on the requirements of coaches in inter-club competitions.

The clubs have up to Monday June 10 to complete their registration.

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